(TruNews) According to their own statistics, the program known as Advance Peace is curbing gang violence in a nearby community, so now city leaders in Sacramento, Calif., are using taxpayer funds to set up a similar program of their own.
After a violent weekend of suspected gang-related shootings, Tuesday the Sacramento City Council took action to reduce the bloodshed.
It approved a controversial program called Advance Peace, which offers cash stipends to gang members who remain peaceful.
The program is already in use in Richmond and is also being considered in Stockton. Some believe it can help curb violent crime …
The program targets key gang agitators, offering them cash stipends to graduate school and remain peaceful. It already claims success in dropping crime rates in Richmond. But the city would still have to pay half the cost of the program, $1.5 million out of the city's general fund.
Effectively, taxpayers in Richmond and Sacramento are paying criminals money in order to not commit any more crime, which is the textbook definition of a ransom. The report notes that the friend of a victim of recent violence questioned the Sacramento City Council’s unanimous decision:
How's the vote going to change anything? It's up to the community to change. You know what I mean? It's just senseless.